Student Support Services hosts programs of varying formats to raise awareness, provide support, develop community and engage the community in learning about first-generation, low-income, and undocumented students.

On Campus

Student Support Services provides a variety of assistance to students with food security. Please contact Student Support Services at or 773.702.2435 to learn more. You may also fill out a quick form requesting assistance ( 

We encourage you to contact us if you or a student you know is experiencing hunger, worried that food will run out, or has to skip meals. We also encourage individuals to reach out to the resources below. SSS staff can help students access the resources below and guide students in finding additional resources not listed.

State Resources

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Apply: Call 217.782.2166

SSS hosts monthly government benefits information sessions.  If you would like to learn more about state resources, please attend one of the sessions below.  If your schedule conflicts with the sessions or if you need help applying for benefirst, please contact SSS.

Food Pantries

  • Hyde Park Union Church
    Address:     5600 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
    Phone:        773.363.6063
    Frequency: Every Saturday from 10am – 1pm
  • KLEO Community Family Life Center
    Address:     119 E. Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637
    Phone:        773.702.2939
    Frequency:  First Wednesday of each month from 2-5pm
  • St. Paul & Redeemer
    Address:     4945 S. Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
    Phone:        773.624.3185
    Frequency: Every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Comer Children’s Hospital
    Address:     5721 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
    Phone:        773.702.1000
    Frequency: Open to patients and families every day

To find a food pantry near you, please visit:
Please call food pantry directly or check their website to assure you are eligible and have all required materials.

Click on "events" above or see below for programs this quarter. All events are free and held at CI+I, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave. 

Soros Info Session

  • 10/7/19 12:30-1:30 pm
    The P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans is a generous fellowship open to immigrants and children of immigrants. Learn about the opportunity, tips for applying, and hear from a UChicago Soros Fellow. Organized in collaboration with UChicagoGRAD's Fellowship Office.


  • Application deadline: October 5, 2019 11:59pm CST.
    SWAG provides FLI and multicultural students with an encouraging community of writers to help develop an awareness of writing process and make measurable progress toward writing goals. SWAG is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project. Participants meet weekly; program is by application only. Application deadline: October 5, 2019 11:59pm CST. Participation by application only. Contact SSS with any questions. 

FLI Champions Kick Off

  • Application deadline: 10/14/19 at 11:59 pm CST.
    The FLI Champion program matches FLI students with FLI faculty or administrators for a self-directed, coaching-style mentorship commitment. In this session, participants will meet their pair, review participation roles and expectations, get FLI swag, and connect with other Champion participants. Participation is by application only.


  1. DACA Updates and Know Your Rights 
    11/20/19 5-7
    Representatives from the National Immigrant Justice Center will detail the recent news regarding the DACA program and will lead a Know Your Rights presentation. Legal screenings are available upon request in registration link.

  2. The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides participants with tools, and promising practices to support undocumented communities, with a focus on UChicago students. Open to members of the campus community who identify as allies or would like to be identified as allies. Contact us to request a training:

Thrive Collaborative: Belonging & Community

  • 12:30–2:00 pm
    This workshop provides a safe space for FLI* and multicultural students to enhance their well-being and mental health as a tool to better navigate the institution and be successful. Organized by Student Counseling Services, Student Support Services, and UChicago GRAD. 
    *First-generation, lower-income, and/or immigrant

Have an idea for an event, an activity, or a need on campus that directly impacts first-generation, low-income, undocumented, and/or immigrant students, particularyly graduate/professional students? Submit it to SSS!

SSS is pleased to support student-led program or event initiatives. These initiatives include, but are not limited to lectures, invited speakers, social activities, community engagement, art initiatives, and other programs or events on topics that pertain to first-generation, low-income, undocumented, or immigrant students at the University of Chicago. Individual research or travel by UChicago students will not be considered. SSS collaboration may include, but is not limited to, planning, financial, marketing, and/or thematic support. To have your idea considered, please submit a proposal.

Proposal guidelines:

  • Proposal should include a description of the proposed activities including:
    • Basic logistical information: title, date, time, place
    • Participants: main participants, such as invited speakers including UChicago affiliates, moderators, workshop leaders
    • Audience: intended audience and ways to engage them
    • Description of the content and thematic significance
    • Itemized project budget including, whenever available, other funding sources secured or sought
  • Participation in all activities must be free.
  • The event must take place at the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus or in a venue within Chicagoland.
  • Individual research projects or travel by University of Chicago students and faculty are ineligible proposals.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Please submit your proposal to or drop off a hard copy at 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Please contact with any questions.

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